Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 15, 2010 08:45 ET

Minister of State (Seniors) Addresses Congress of National Seniors Organizations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), addressed members of the Congress of National Seniors Organizations (CNSO) at their annual face-to-face in Ottawa. The Minister of State spoke about the importance of addressing the challenges and opportunities of demographic change.

"As our population ages, the ongoing contributions of older Canadians will be more important than ever to our economic and social fabrics," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "That is why the federal government is committed to helping seniors remain active and engaged in their families, workplaces and communities."

"Unprecedented demographic changes will have a big impact on the Canadian health, economic and social landscapes, but opportunities do exist," said Ms. Sylvia Ceacero, President of the CNSO. "The CNSO is eager to work with all levels of government to ensure that the voice of seniors is heard and that each aging Canadian has the right to grow old with dignity and in security."

Minister of State Ablonczy spoke to representatives of CNSO member organizations from seniors' groups across the country about the importance of these types of conferences in encouraging discussion and knowledge exchange on seniors' issues. The Minister of State also highlighted several federal programs and initiatives that help seniors maintain a good quality of life and enhance their financial security.

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The Government of Canada is working hard to help improve the lives of seniors on many fronts. These efforts include:

  • Providing Canadians with almost $70 billion annually through Canada's public pension system;

  • Appointing a Minister of State (Seniors)—someone who can bring the concerns of older Canadians to the Cabinet table and stand up on their behalf;

  • Providing $2.3 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and pensioners through measures such as pension income splitting and increasing the Age Credit;

  • Providing $400 million over two years through the Affordable Housing Initiative for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors;

  • Increasing funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program in Budget 2010 by $5 million, bringing the program total to $40 million annually. The Program helps seniors use their leadership, energy and skills to benefit communities across Canada;

  • Supporting positive and active aging through the collaborative Age-Friendly Communities Initiative, Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults, and falls prevention initiatives; and

  • Creating the National Seniors Council in 2007 to provide advice to the federal government on matters related to the well-being and quality of life of seniors.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister of State Ablonczy
    Heather Hume
    Communications Advisor
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office